Shenandoah National Park
“...with the smell of the woods, and the wind in the trees, they will forget the rush and strain of all the other long weeks of the year, and for a short time at least, the days will be good for their hearts and for their souls.” President Franklin Roosevelt at the dedication of Shenandoah National Park in 1936
Miles of parkland make exploring nature in the winter months rewarding. Shenandoah National Park offers miles of outdoor adventure to get your heart pumping and your new year’s resolution on track. The clear skies and bare trees of winter enhance the area’s magnificent vistas and make wildlife tracking and viewing particularly rewarding.
Encompassing 300 square miles of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the southern Appalachians, Shenandoah National Park showcases dramatic views from atop its mountain crests and thickly wooded forests best accessed via hiking trails such as the internationally known Appalachian Trail. Front Royal stands as the northern gateway to the Park and Skyline Drive, offering visitors a wilderness oasis only minutes from the intersection of Interstates 81 and 66 and just 70 miles from Washington, D.C.
Shenandoah National Park honors its 75th anniversary in 2011 with a yearlong celebration that includes special activities in the Park and its surrounding communities. Visit the official anniversary website at www.celebrateshenandoah.org for information on communities, events, and partners involved in celebrating one of the nation’s most treasured places.
Skyline Caverns, located in Front Royal, VA is the closest natural wonder to the Nation’s Capital. As one of the only places on Earth where rare Anthodites are displayed, the guided tour is as impressive as it is educational. Whether it’s your first time underground, or whether you’re an expert, a knowledgeable guide will escort you though the caverns, explaining the geological history while challenging your imagination, making your tour educational, exciting, and entertaining. You will witness Mother Nature continuing her meticulous work, even today, on the formation of the exquisite creation. The dripping of water you find throughout the caverns is a reminder of this constant growth, the beauty of which is shared with thousands of wide-eyed visitors each year. A warm welcome to Skyline Caverns is extended to you year round. The temperature in the caverns is always a comfortable 54 degrees, no matter what the weather is like outside.
Downtown Front Royal
Front Royal’s historic Downtown boasts a dynamic mix of historical attractions, shopping treasures, and dining options. Known for its small town charm and warm hospitality, the Downtown has flourished after a revitalization project in the 1980s transformed the grassy area near the landmark Gazebo into the Village Commons — a focal point for festivals and entertainment.
R and R
Front Royal’s hospitality shines bright at our delightful bed and breakfasts. Enjoy comfort and generosity by innkeepers that have taken every detail into account to ensure your stay is special. Or, spend a weekend or a week in a cozy cabin, loaded with all the comforts of home but tucked away on a rural mountainside.
Plan your stay and discover more about the Town’s historic treasures, natural wonders, and community spirit.